northstar student in library

Richmond student collects 100-plus books for abilities library to inspire classmates

RICHMOND, Va. -- A Richmond student is inspiring classmates by showing them what they can do despite daily challenges they may face.

Brennan, a middle school student at Richmond's Northstar Academy, donated the Discovering Abilities Library at the school.

Each book features a main character living with a disability.

Read more of the WTVR CBS 6 article here.


Career Academy presents a check to a representative of Red Cross

Northstar Career Academy student raised money to support those impacted by Hurricane Dorian. 

RICHMOND, Va. -- 

Northstar Career Academy student raised money to support those impacted by Hurricane Dorian. 

To see the video from The American Red Cross, click here.


students at national disability employment awareness month event

Organization works to help those with disabilities join the workforce

It's National Disability Employment Awareness Month! There are so many living with a disability who are capable of working but unable to find a job. I got to meet with people from this amazing organization who are working to change that: Northstar Academy. 

View full WTVR CBS 6 video here.


Northstar Career Academy celebrated abilities at work to kick off National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month

Northstar Career Academy celebrated abilities at work to kick off National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month

Northstar Career Academy celebrated abilities at work to kick off National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month.
People with disabilities have barriers to finding competitive employment and today, we commemorated our students and alumni and their hard work, the businesses that create jobs for a diverse workforce and governmental practices that allow for young adults with disabilities overcome barriers and contribute to their communities.

View full Know Different article here.


northstar student adeline raquet working at Performance Food Group

Work is a joy for student at Henrico's Northstar Academy who has overcome barriers and challenges to earn a paycheck

Ask Adeline Raquet what she likes about her new job, and she replies without hesitation and without needing to mull over possible answers.

“I like it all,” she said.

When you’re 21 and you suffered a brain injury at birth as a result of being born 13 weeks prematurely, resulting in developmental delays, learning differences, anxiety and vision deficits, you are grateful for the opportunity to earn a paycheck. So it’s easy to understand why Raquet feels the way she does when people congratulate her on the new job.

Read more of the Richmond Times-Dispatch article here.


northstar student playing on playground

Check out this new adaptive playground that just opened in Henrico

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- A new type of playground designed for children with special needs was unveiled Wednesday at Northstar Academy on Shrader Road in Henrico County.

The playground, which is open to everyone, has new swings, slides, rock climbing and all types of new equipment to help children learn.

Teachers said that will give the students a chance to interact socially with other children in the area.

Read the full article on WTVR here.